Monday, November 30, 2009

Onion Newsbreak: Attractive Girls Union

Man I love the Onion. The Attractive Girls Union has entered into negotiations with "regular guy", Mike Greenman. More proof that goatees get you nowhere.

Attractive Girls Union Refuses To Enter Into Talks With Mike Greenman

Media Mania

I've been wanting to do a post for a while that shares some of the sources of info that I've been enjoying lately. I feel like I spend so much time taking in info through blogs and podcasts and whatnot that I have a whole bunch of recommendations.

So obviously there are all these links to the right that are pretty cool. Hologram City, Mafia Hunt, and Psychic Sunset are awesome for far out images and travels down some deep aesthetic rabbit holes. This Recording is always good in the way that if you let a bunch of creative writer or journalist majors write about whatever they want - well who else can you count on to write about both Gossip Girl and Richard Brautigan. And I now feel a little less lame for listening to the new Julian Casablancas album on repeat.

But really the blog that began it all for me was Jezebel...which is probably why they drag in the most hits. Although it doesn't bill itself as a feminist blog but rather as "celebrity, sex, and fashion for women" I really feel like this blog wouldn't be nearly as successful without its feminist viewpoint. Slate tried to make a similar "ladies blog" but it sucks because they wanted to be all even handed and allow some misguided and misogynist crap in there. Anyhow, I first got into Jezebel when they wrote something about how it was not a blog for women who thought New York was going to be like Sex and The City but rather for women who knew that sneakers were a better way to get around than stilettos and who thought drinking cosmos was lame.
Also its home to Pot Psychology -the sex advice column where those dispelling the wisdom are always well baked.

However, there are a bunch of awesome blogs with an outright feminist viewpoint like Feministing and Feministe. These gals are helping chart the path for a more contemporary understanding of feminism.

Oh by the way, Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre also has a new blog that's pretty awesome. And WomenArts has a list of feminist art related blogs. Contemporary Art Daily is really reliable for seeing whats going on with art world wide.
I don't read that many music blogs but my boyfriend got me into this one called Reign in Blonde that bills itself as "Two tall, blonde chicks who bring the metal". Just read this post about Dave Navarro's descent into MILF , its hilarious.

Jezebel and Feministing introduced me to Racialicious which does an awesome job writing about as they put it "the intersection of race and pop culture". I just read this piece they crossposted which left me with a bunch to think about. Since I don't have as much time to read the internet anymore I've been really into downloading podcasts of Addicted To Race which is also created by Racialicious founder Carmen Van Kerckhove. This has become one of my favorite podcasts to listen to at work, since its both fun and I feel like I'm gaining a framework of understanding and speaking about race that is far more up to date than the outdated methods we usually encounter. The podcast also introduced me to the blogs Threadbared and Sociological Images which explores fashion(Threadbared) and images (Soc. Images) in a politically and socially aware way.

Here are some other podcasts that rule if you're into that sort of thing.... You can find all of these on the itunes podcast section.

Avant-Garde All The Time -The poetry foundation has this one thats run by the founding editor of ubuweb. They just put up their Women Of The Avant Garde 2 podcast! Basically this podcast is always cool and never lame.

The Barnard Center for Research on Women- Occasionally dry but occasionally awesome with lecturers like Angela Davis.

Best of The Left Podcast - When you don't have tv or time to watch tv, this podcast has the best clips from the week, twice a week, of the most liberal shows out there - like Rachel Maddow, Colbert Report, Daily Show, etc.

Democracy Now- Well Duh. This is good for all of us that think NPR sold out.

The Moth Podcast - Storytelling in front of a live audience. Awesome stories like an ex-editor of French Vogue telling about her haunted Paris apartment or journalist Kira Salek talking about her naive journeys through war torn Africa.

New Yorker Fiction
- Once a month one of the famed New Yorker fiction writers picks a piece from the archive and reads and then discusses it with the New Yorker editor. Joyce Carol Oates reads Eudora Welty, Tobias Wolff reads Denis Johnson, Mary Gaitskill reads Nabokov. This podcast is amazing.

Fresh Air with Terry Gross- Terry is the real deal, no one can do it like her.

The Sound of Young America- Host Jessie Thorn has amazing guests. Rockers like Jello Biafra and Ian MacKaye or comedians like original SNL writer Annie Beatts (listen to that one its amazing) and Louis CK. He even has graphic designer Chip Kidd and trippy puppeteer Marty Kroft. He lets Andrew WK talk for way too long about doing salvia and fills in a lot of time with awesome stand up by comedians you both know and don't know.

Savage Love Podcast- I think everyone I work with has gone through a phase of listening to too much of Dan Savage's sex advice podcast. Its really funny and usually ridiculous but occasionally heartfelt. Most podcasts are made for the radio generation, aka old people, but this one is one of the few awesome ones young people can get into.

This American Life - This is an institution, the best one in every category. They're redoing their archive but I used to be able to listen to 3 or 4 in a row at work and I'd be laughing and crying and going though every emotion out there.

The How Stuff Works Podcasts- Ok there are three that they put out that I listen to regularly. Stuff You Should Know is good - 2 dudes explaining how stuff like hangovers or rigor mortis work. Then there's Stuff You Missed In History Class with two awesome girls who explain things like the real tale of Count Dracula or Joan of Arc. How Stuff Works also puts out a podcast called Stuff Mom Never Told You that has some feminist leanings and covers helpful stuff like IUDs and the gray zones in determining gender through science.

So there is a smattering of stuff for y'all. I think I probably unloaded too much info at once but its all pretty awesome so check it out when you can. Please leave me comments of recommendations for podcasts or blogs that you guys like!
Oh and also fun new blog of the day - Bart's Blackboard- where you can see all the funny stuff Bart Simpson ever wrote on the school blackboard.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Barbara Kasten

I've been developing an art crush on the photographs of Barbara Kasten lately. Though most of these photos were done in the 80s, and in many ways reflect that era, there is also a similarity to a lot of photography happening today, namely the works of Eileen Quinlan. Contemporary Art Daily had a post a while back of a show that explored the work of these two artists and a bunch of other artists influenced by the constructivist and suprematist movements.

These two below were done at the famous Jackson Pollock studio in Springs, NY they include his famous drips and play with the reflections and window metaphorically to evoke his violent death and stormy relationship with wife and painter Lee Krasner who used the studio after his death.

The three below are from a series called Metaphase and were done after a collaboration with the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company.

This Architectural series were made with studio mirrors, a professional cinematic lighting crew, and large scale fabrications and shot using a single exposure and no digital intervention. The explore and deconstruct the postmodern 80s architecture of the time.

Tig Notaro

Thursday, November 26, 2009


Happy Thanksgiving all! I'm currently in Norman Rockwell's hometown so this pic seemed especially appropriate. Of course its also home too good ole' Arlo Guthrie who wrote one of the most famous Thanksgiving songs, which also happens to be one of the most famous anti-war songs. In high school I was a big fan of Arlo and so it was really cool to see the church otherwise known as his famous Alice's Restaurant.

Here's a fairly up to date rendition with an older Arlo singing Alice's Restaurant...

and a couple oldies but goodies of his...

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Show Some Emotion

Joan Armatrading performing in Cologne, Germany 1979.

Double Take

Below is an assortment of things off the internet that made me do a double take. I've been using the grab tool to document them every time I find myself going "What the hell????"

Friday, November 20, 2009

Keep Ya Head Up

Just a nice little pick me up from hottie central.

Someone Is Always Lurking/Breaking In

Sarah Haskins breaks down those terrible Broadview ads,,, otherwise known as rape fables.

Martha Rosler Reads Vogue (1983)

This is the best thing I've seen in ages. This was a live performance by Martha Rosler on the local access Paper Tiger Television back in 1983. She peruses Vogue and speaks/reads about the content of Vogue and its advertisements touching on the issues of the beauty propagaded by the fashion and magazine industry as tied to money and class and aspiration.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Carrie Mae Weems

Carrie Mae Weems was born in 1953 in Portland, Oregon to two former Mississippi sharecroppers. After high school she studied modern dance in San Francisco and in her early twenties became active in the labor movement as a union organizer. Her interest in photography was sparked by the political photographs she began taking which is interesting because while she learned to see the camera more as a tool of artistic practice than documentation she still retained a political eye in all of her work. She received her BA from the California Institute of The Arts at 28 and then her MFA from the University of California -San Diego at 31. She eventually found her way to New York and the Studio Museum of Harlem. While her work was originally inspired by the work of earlier African American photographers such as Roy DeCarava and the work she first saw in The Black Photography Annual, her photography was able to not only explore the Black American identity but also gender identity, parenting, politics, and the individual.
I thought it was interesting to read about her work in relation to much of the feminist work being made at the time and even still today. She made a direct effort to move beyond the contemporary discourse about art (and life) always being about the "male gaze", she was focused on creating a new way of women using their own eyes to see themselves or others.
"These [works] were made at a moment when--as a result of theory--a woman didn't know how to construct an image of herself. The image-making was starting to follow the theory of Laura Mulvey, etc. rather than the other way around! There was a fear on the part of visual artists to take control of our bodies, our sexuality. I was trying to respond to a number of issues: woman's subjectivity, woman's capacity to revel in her body, and woman's construction of herself, and her own image."
I've been thinking about this lately in relation to how its important to be more about action than about reaction. While it can be good to be able to break down the status quo its also important to work to create your own ideal scenarios and environments. Carrie Mae Weems lives in New York these days and is in the most recent Art 21 series, which I have actively added to my netflix queue.

Some of these were actually from installations she did. And some were recreations/reimaginings of historical events. Some were both.

The photo above was based on the photo below of the Robert Kennedy shooting.

This one is titled The First Major Blow. I could be wrong but I'm gonna guess its of the day JFK was shot.

This one titled "The Capture of Angela" is based on Angela Davis' capture.

Is This Really The Best They Have? A Bow.

Good ole' Rachel Maddow keeping us updated on what crazy shit is going down. Usually I just listen to her podcast instead of watching it cause I'm at work, but the quote she reads from The Washington Times had me staring with my mouth open at my ipod. Its amazing to me that such racist stuff can make it into print. The event in question is that Obama bowed to the President of China and apparently "real" men/presidents/Americans don't bow to anyone. So of course he has no "natural instinct or blood impulse" for what this country is about. As if that isn't racist enough it goes on to explain that his Kenyan father and mother who is attracted "to men of the third world" clearly couldn't have raised him with an understanding of true American protocol. Rachel Maddow does a great job ripping that one apart but then next up is a clip of Glen Beck's take on the bow and this is so offensive it leaves even Maddow without words. To top it off are the new t-shirts with Psalm 109:8 on them. Watch the clip to find out what that "assassination baiting" call to literal arms is all about.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The High Priestess

This old video of feedback and poetry performed by Patti Smith is one of the most beautiful things I've seen in a long time. Maybe its cause I keep watching it when I'm really tired, but its hard to hear her message and not get choked up.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Beth Anderson

I Wish I Was Single Again

Ocean Motion Mildew Mind

Torero Piece

Yes Sir Ree

Beth Anderson is a composer of neo-romantic, avante garde music, text sound works and musical theater. Born in Kentucky she went on to study with John Cage, Terry Riley, Robert Ashley, and Larry Austin at Mills College and U.C. Davis. She has composed and produced an opera, an oratorio, three off-off Broadway musicals, several downtown music theater collaborations, music for orchestra, voice, chorus, tape, instrumental solos with and without electronic modulation, and a large amount of chamber music. The extent of her accomplishments is incredibly extensive - to learn more about them or hear more of her work you can go to ubuweb or her website. I found out about Beth Anderson from the ubuweb podcast that has is always awesome but has a particularly great audio show on Women Of The Avant Garde.